Richard Garner

Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.

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Longer school days will help learning crisis in white working class children, DfE says

White children on free school meals get the worst GCSE results by far

English composer Benjamin Britten, conducting here in 1976, is one of the composers who could be omitted from compulsory study in A-Level and GCSE music

Exclusive: Exam reforms give ‘dead white Germans’ lead on the classical music syllabus

Students will now focus on German composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schumann

Confessions of an exam marker: "It is surprising what students can produce under pressure"

Today's exam candidates are nothing if not subtle. One marker tells me of a GCSE candidate who wrote on his script: "I know I have done no work for this exam and don't really understand the story, but please could you give me a C or my mum will kill me?"

Many parents are in favour of at least some state school places being allocated randomly

Parents increasingly coming round to the idea of ballots for school places

A growing number of parents support the idea of ballots to determine which children are successful in applying to oversubscribed schools, according to a new poll published today.

Osfted had warned that it is 'simply not enough' to keep teenagers in education until they are 18 if they fail to leave with decent qualifications and experience

Teen dropouts spoiling plans to keep young in education, Ofsted warns

Numbers leaving college rising as Government prepares laws for some training until the age of 18

One in two women in the UK now have university degrees

Britain has one of highest rates of university participation - yet literacy remains low

The drive to send more British people to university has failed to produce a rise in literacy and numeracy skills, a major international study has revealed.

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, president of Universities UK, will warn that the Government’s clampdown on immigration has created a “strong, adverse perception” to foreign students of the reception they will receive in the UK

University chief Sir Christopher Snowden claims Government immigration policy puts off foreign students

Research shows the first fall in overseas recruitment for almost three decades

Former Chief Inspector of Schools Chris Woodhead

Sir Chris Woodhead interview: Former head of Osted and scourge of the teaching profession on academies, Michael Gove and motor neurone disease - ‘For those who thought that I was finished – I’ve got news for you'

The trailblazing and divisive former Ofsted head, Sir Chris Woodhead, tells Richard Garner of his plans for a new academcy chain, why Cameron was wrong to get rid of Gove and how motor neurone disease has made him refocus on education and life

Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, strongly denied the report

Conservative manifesto: Tories favour 'setting' in schools, but won't enforce it

A conference of education researchers sent a message to the PM that Ofsted would fight such a move if it became an election pledge
Numbers game: Reforms have included tougher maths for primary school pupils

Inspiring teachers say they lack the freedom to excel

Even the country's most inspiring teachers are upset at the amount of central government interference in how they go about their jobs, a new study has revealed.

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

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Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker